Good question! The Introduction et Allegro of Ravel can be used as a concerto. Widor’s Chorale et Variations might be an option, Reinecke maybe, Pierne if you want something harpy, Busser wrote a concerto I know nothing about. Rodrigo’s Concierto Serenata is a big piece, but solid and classically showy, and he’s a big name, for an easier showy piece there is his Concierto de Aranjuez. The Rota Concerto is strong, and I know there are others. Dig, dig, dig, buy, buy, buy scores.
Thanks for the input. I’ve was considering the Ravel, and had heard both the Rodrigo concertos before. I’ll look into the Rota, Widor, and Pierne– I haven’t heard these. I’ll probably stay away from the Rodrigo Aranjuez at this point because there are a couple classical guitatists in my family who are a little overtly crazy about that piece. I guess the guitar version of it is the top played guitar concerto as of
My pick would be Boieldieu’s concerto for harp and orchestra in C.
It is very accessible for listeners, even those not familiar with harp and harp repitior. It has moments of grandiousity that I think many harp concertos lack, yet when you listen you know this was written for harp and not a transcription of a keyboard piece.
It can go from being very pretty to being a bit bombastic, so it has a great dynamic range that I think pulls people in. And at times it seems to me it sounds just a hint like something Mozart might have written.
Anyway, I listen to this one all the time. Nicanor Zabaleta’s recording with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Top notch interpretation.
Thank you, every one, for the suggestions. They were all very helpful. And I was able to find out about some great harp music I didn’t even know existed. It’s been fun to pick out my new concerto, and I’ve settled on the Ravel Intro and Allegro. That piece is beyond description beautiful, and I’m forward to learning it this year. Thanks again for the help!
OK the Gliere is a great one, but it goes on and on and on and one. You need alot of energy for that concerto. Not talking from experience, but i have heard many stories. But at the end, it’s a very wonderful flashy concerto! The Saint Saen concerto is a good one I think.
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